Wrong diagnosis resulting in premature death

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Dear Department of Health,

Please could you advise me how many cases of premature death have occurred as a direct result of a wrongful diagnosis in the UK and particularly by the NHS.

I am particularly interested in how many cases have occurred that symptoms have been accredited to 'stress' and 'anxiety' where a more serious or sinister underlying health problem has not been identified.

Any documents you could provide me with regarding mis-diagnosis within the NHS, UK would be of great help.

Yours faithfully,

Kayleigh James

Department of Health and Social Care

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Our ref: DE00000767909 
Dear Ms James,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 13 March 2013.  I
have been asked to reply.

Please find the full response attached.

Yours sincerely,
Catherine Assheton-Stones
Freedom of Information
Department of Health

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